Musing with Max

Musing with Max

September 9, 2013

Flowers in this old house

So we got us a new roof

and miraculously there was zero damage to the garden...zero I say! Then the gutter guys came

and weren't as careful with their ladder placements, but still not much damage. But as old houses tend to do, when you fix something other problems pop up so we had to have the carpenters come and replace some rotting window moldings and while we're at it let's just replace the buckling back porch and basement door. And so we did

and got us a real beauty. And a nice basement door

made out of composite materials to hold off the Northeast weathering effects. But alas, the garden didn't fare very well under the carpenters stomping boots and my new beautiful flower bed went from this



to this.



Luckily I can just cut all this back and it will, hopefully, grow back. Unfortunately though I can't use them for Jane's FITH party today. However, that doesn't mean I can't attend...I've got pegees!!!!!!!



Some for the living room

Some for the second floor landing



and even some for the office

And now I have a new roof, new gutters, new porch and basement door...and a tri-colored house. Calling all painters! But first I'm hopping over to Jane's to see what everyone else is up to.

15 comments:

  1. Well good morning. What a wealth of hydrangeas. My limelight has shriveled up and all the blossoms are stunted and brown.

    What have I done?

    Love your new basement door. It's been years since I have seen one of these. Almost makes me feel young.

    And your house is ready set go for the winter. Lucky you.

    Thanks for joining the paarty.

    xo Jane

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  2. I've noticed that too--when someone comes to fix one thing, they always find 5 more that need it. I too, have the impulse to put hydrangeas everywhere, like I'm trying to hold onto summer even though I can't wait for autumn.

    The new roof looks great. Are you really going green with the house?

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  3. So funny to read your post this morning, as we had a lot of rain this weekend and our roof leaked! And now there's damage to our guest bathroom ceiling and walls, but my hubby is a painting contractor so he's got work to do at home this week.

    I'm glad some of your flowers survived workers tromping on them. They are lovely!

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    1. That's how we found out we needed to get a roof, a leak and damage to the library ceiling. Can I borrow your husband?

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  4. Visiting from Janes FITH...

    Hubby and I call it "pulling the thread.." when you start one project that leads to 50 or so more. We currently live in a 1948 charmer, so we know, LOL.

    Sad that others don't value the garden they way gardeners do. I'd make them replace my plants!

    Good that you got all that done before the winter sets in. The hydrangea are great!

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    1. Tell me about it. When we moved to this neighborhood 12 years ago the realtor for the guy who was buying our previous house had grown up here and she said, so you're getting a money pit? Built in 1904 so needless to say no closets but loads of charm!

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  5. You are a brave soul! I long for the charm, but fear I lack the patience to endure. So sorry your plants were trampled, but the hydrangeas are gorgeous! Just lovely... have a pleasant week! Susan

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    1. Oh no, it's amazing what patience and bravery we can muster up when needed.

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  6. Got to love a workman and their big tromping boots, but at least the house is as leakproof as possible! The sacrifices we make.
    Love love love your hydrangeas - I'd have them everywhere too, especially that gorgeous green colour.

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  7. Can't go wrong with gorgeous hydrangeas.

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  8. Hi Amelia,
    Old houses have so much more character than most new houses. It makes me sad to see old houses deteriorate or demolished. Good for you to endure the repair (especially the repair crew).
    Christa

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    1. I agree about the character of old houses, and I think they are built better also. Except for the teeny tiny closets :)

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  9. Those pesky gutter men, they recently trashed some rare high altitude plants we have from China when doing some work at our house.
    They are still alive and they will all grow back next year, hopefully bigger and bushier.

    The new porch looks lovely Amelia, right in time for some autumnal pumpkin décor in a few weeks.

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  10. The house is looking tip of the tops - and I'm pretty sure those flowers will soon bounce back. How lucky to have those armfuls of hydrangeas (of course what I'm really doing is looking at the rest of your house in the background - I love a bit of a nosey!)Have a great Sunday x Jane

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    1. I love a bit of a nosey too! Anytime.

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